James Gillray: Artist and Satirist Study Day with Tim Clayton and Steve Bell

Event time: 
Friday, May 10, 2024 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Yale Center for British Art See map
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Event description: 

The Most Eminent Caricature Artist in Town: Identifying Gillray’s Work

The visual and verbal brilliance of James Gillray’s finest prints mark him as arguably the first significant artist who made caricature his full-time occupation. In this workshop Tim Clayton, award-winning author of “James Gillray: a Revolution in Satire,” will present several case studies using prints and drawings in Yale University collections to illustrate what is quintessentially ‘Gillray’ even where others contributed concepts or collaborated on production.

The Legacy of James Gillray for Political Cartoonists Today

Steve Bell, award-winning cartoonist, will discuss the enduring legacy of James Gillray and why the artist’s work has remained such a powerful source for his own political cartoons.

Bell explains, “A number of things about Gillray and his legacy stand out. He is the first, true, political cartoonist – his work is almost entirely political which, considering the restrictions of the time is entirely praiseworthy. He doesn’t just illustrate politics, he explains them visually, comically and fearlessly.”

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